We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable New Year. Here’s to 2023! Well, we are starting the year off right in Central Wyoming. As we write this little report we are on the backend of a two day snow event that has taken snowpack above 120% in the entire North Platte River drainage. We like it!
Otherwise things are good here, just getting dialed in for the upcoming season. Before this latest storm the weather was pretty nice and we actually had a few boats on the water to round out the year. When you get the weather windows the fishing has been pretty solid! So here’s an updated conditions/fishing report for all of you winter anglers…
Grey Reef: 450cfs
Fremont Canyon: 76cfs
Miracle Mile: 535cfs +/- (*As always this time of year use caution if you are thinking about venturing to the Mile. Make sure to check with someone local and be prepared.)
Nymphs: amber scud, ray charles(tan), rhinestone, PAL, pine squirrel leech(brown or natural), mayhem midge(black), reef worm, hot head pine squirrel leech(chartreuse and black)
Streamers: rusty-t, articulated goldie, goldie w/ a pine squirrel leech trailer
After what has been arguably the nicest fall in history, it’s finally starting to turn a little here in Central Wyoming. The past week has given us some pretty big wind, temperature swings and a little snow mixed in. Like it, love it or hate it…it is about time. Well then, how’s the fishing? It’s been good! Our crew has been spending a bulk of their time on Grey Reef. Water conditions on Grey Reef are excellent, with fishable water from the Dam to Glenrock. That’s a pile of water! Streamer’s have been the name of the game as of late. We love throwing an intermediate line(airflow fast intermediate) this time of year. It’s our go-to line for the low/clear water in the fall and winter months. A single articulated streamer or two smaller single-hook patterns seem to be the ticket. Our go-to streamers have been a rusty-t, petunia, goldie and/or a kreelex. Keep in mind with the colder weather and water temperatures dropping, you might need to slow down your strip.
In other fishing news, Kortes road from Alcova to the Miracle Mile is open. As far as the fishing goes, it has been really windy but the fishing has been pretty good. Our nymph rig has been 5-6ft with a worm, olive scud and/or a pheasant tail. Streamers have been working as well. A floating line with a 7-8ft leader, tethered to something white has been the ticket (I.E. goldies and white dungeons).
Well, winter is coming. With that in mind, make sure to check both the weather and road conditions when venturing out. Especially those of you headed to the Mile. Stay safe and don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions.
September went by in a flash and it did not disappoint! As we round out the first ten days of October, all we can say is that it has been a dandy thus far. Weather and conditions are primo!! Flows on Grey Reef remain at 500cfs and the river is clear, extremely clear, especially down low. Conditions are prime for the picking from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock. Miracle Mile is in good shape as well, not quite the clarity but fishing has been good. But as you would expect it has been busy with both fisherman and fall hunting camps. Fremont Canyon is at it’s low flow as well (72cfs) and the water is off-colored.
So what’s happening on the fishing front? Well, to start you need to be rigged for just about anything and everything right now. We are still seeing good numbers of tricos and pseudos, making for some legit dry fly-fishing. One of our guides even got a few to eat a hopper the other day. We are also starting to see some fish really moving for streamers. Nymphing is good, per usual. Our rigs have been 2-6ft, a single #4 split to 2 ABs…it just depends on the depth and the speed of the water you are fishing. Our top nymphs have been pheasant tails, foam wing RS2s, mayhems, pat’s rubber legs and PALs.
Cool and rainy this morning in Central Wyoming. Not gonna lie, it feels pretty good! We are officially at the midpoint of September and we are right where we are supposed to be. Flows on Grey Reef are at 500cfs, Miracle Mile 530cfs and Fremont is holding steady at 75cfs. Everything is fishing well, actually really well. Water temperatures have dropped to a more comfortable level and conditions, especially on Grey Reef, are primo.
Pretty standard when we see the drop in flows, Grey Reef is running very clear and the vegetation is far less of a hinderance. That being said, it has been buggy and the fish are looking up. Huge trico numbers in the morning and pseudos in the afternoon. Our Grey Reef guides have pretty much been rowing around looking for heads. A little longer leader, tethered to 4X or 5X with a single dry (i.e. para adams, trico spinner), or a double fly rig with something a little bulkier (i.e. X caddis) with a trico spinner dropper. If dry fly fishing isn’t your thing, you can still catch them on trusty nymph rig. Our go-to nymphs have been PALs, RS2 foam-wings in black and grey, pheasant tails, Pat’s rubber legs and/or a black two-bit hooker. Our nymph rigs have been between 3-6ft in length and anything from no weight to 1-2BB split shot. It really just depends on the type of water you are fishing.
We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable labor day weekend! Based on our sources we have been told Grey Reef will start dropping this week, it may even start today. Fortunately it looks like we will be out of this blistering heat wave by weeks end as well. Our guide staff has been diligent about taking water temperatures and we have chosen to go-to early starts and early offs until the cool weather shows up this weekend. This mornings forecast shows highs in the 50s with lows in the 30s on Saturday. That’s gonna feel good!
With the anticipated drop in flows we are expecting a pretty strong uptick in trico/pseudo activity and the fish feeding on them. So you’ll definitely want to keep the dry fly rod handy. Currently our guides are looking for heads in the morning then switching over to nymphs later on. 4-6ft, 1-3 BBs tethered to a leech, cranefly, Pat’s rubber legs and dropped with a small pheasant tail or foam wing RS2. A pretty straight forward rig!
It happens every year, without question. The vegetation(mainly a species from the genus potamogeton), on Grey Reef starts breaking up and making its way downstream. In the case of this year it has gotten a little extra jolt, courtesy the recent bump in flows. Is it a pain in the ass? Sure. Does it make it unfishable? Absolutely not. You just have to be prepared to clean your flies and get them in the right spot. This isn’t spring on Grey Reef, so don’t expect it. You may not be hitting the numbers of fish you are accustomed to but the quality is there, without question.
If you are here or headed this way, this is the program our crew has been rolling…4-6ft, 1-2 AB split shot. A short, stout nymph rig that gets down quick. The first fly will be a Pat’s rubberlegs, cranefly or a leech. Trail that with a birds nest or another caddis pattern, pheasant tail and/or a foam wing RS2. Also, keep your eyes peeled for risers. We are seeing a few heads up on tricos in the morning as well as a few eating hoppers in the afternoon.
So if the current situation has you a little down and you don’t want to bother with the veg, there is a silver lining. When flows start dropping after Labor Day, the river should be in great shape. Less vegetation and clear, clean water. September and October is setting up to be one for the books…
Thanks to all of you that stopped by for our summer sale! Here’s a quick little fishing report/update. Grey Reef flows bumped up last week to 2,500cfs. Weird, we know…but obviously Nebraska is needing a little more water. We are expected to hold at 2,500cfs until September 6, when flows will start dropping. After then rain and bump in flows, water conditions were pretty poor but things are settling back down and we now have good water to Sechrist. Nymphing and streamers are the way to go if you just want to catch some fish. That being said, we are getting a few on tricos in the morning with a few fish willing to eat a hopper in the afternoon.
A quick little report on Grey Reef. Flows are currently at 2,000cfs. We have been having some legit thunderstorms the past few evenings and Grey Reef has been impacted. As of this afternoon, upper Grey Reef is clearing and fishable. Everything downstream of Government is not, zero visibility at this time.
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Grey Reef is holding steady at 3,000cfs and water conditions are pretty darn good, clear water and very little debris. We are really starting to see good numbers of tricos on the river and it should only get better. So make sure you throw in the dry fly rod! But if you’re just want to catch some fish, nymphing is the way to go. Our guides have been throwing 4-7ft with 1-3BBs. Top flies are as follows; poxyback pmds, bh pheasant tails, rusty RS-2, gray RS-2 and/or bh birds nest. Streamers are also getting some attention, especially if you’re willing to run the early and late program or you happen to get a day with a little cloud cover. Sink tips are the way to go-tethered to a rusty t, petunia or a mini dungeon,
Well, we hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July! We were booked out solid this past weekend at both the lodge and the cottages. It’s definetly feeling like summer around here with temperatures in the 90s this coming week. Flows remain the same on the Miracle Mile, Fremont Canyon and Grey Reef. Water temperatures are in the 50s for all three and the fish are full of it! We have seen a decent number of golden stones over the past few weeks on the Mile, with few fish on top but the most success coming subsurface(i.e. Pat’s rubber legs). Grey Reef is starting to go through the bug progressions with sallies, pmds and caddis popping off daily. This should only get better in the coming weeks.